Derived from pomegranates, this rich emollient and skin conditioner mimics and replenishes the cholesterol naturally found in healthy skin. Similar to cholesterol, plant-derived sterols help to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (water that evaporates from skin,) locking in moisture. Pomegranate sterols are considered a vegan alternative to animal-derived lanolin, which is high in cholesterol, and also considered an excellent alternative to petrolatum.
At Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty, the version of punica granatum sterols we use is a sustainable upcycled material derived from the pomegranate waste after the juice has been extracted.
“The uppermost layer of the skin, called the stratum corneum, has three key essential lipids: ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. Ceramides get a lot of attention, but cholesterol is often left out of the conversation. Plant-derived cholesterols like this one can offer numerous benefits when incorporated into a formulation. They help hydrate skin and support a healthy skin barrier, and the pomegranate sterols we use are upcycled. Upcycling is when you take something that was going to be discarded as waste and you end up transforming it, and reusing it. This particular ingredient offers incredible skin benefits and gives products a satin finish. That it’s also sustainably sourced is just icing on the cake.”
- Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Scientist, Founder